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Monday, February 25, 2019

A Tea After An Experiment with Sticky Toffee Pudding

Hi there. A few weeks ago, I tried an experiment in my Instant Pot, trying to adapt a family recipe for the uiquitous English StickyToffee steamed pudding... and it came out quite well!
So I  set up a small tea in the sunroom to celebrate!

I was pretty happy with the cake... and adaption of a family recipe from my Nana...

I hadn't made that fo years, since the kids moved out to their families, as it made too much for just the 2 of us, and steaming the tradirional way took so long...
but I managed to find a 3 cup Bundt pan that worked on a trivet in my Instant pot...

I have my family Royal Doulton Rosebud 1930s china and  Gorham Chantilly sterling silver from my Aunt Ruth...

My teapot is a treasured Shelley China teapot in the art deco Red Daisy pattern and Queen Anne shape. Iy was professionally restoed at some time before I got it about 20 years ago. It is hard to see, but definitely there, so I have kept it.

If you follow my Facebook page, you know I am constantly sharing antique postcards and ephemers, because I love them! 
The one above is a trade card... a hand out given by busnesses around 1900. This one, at a Smith's General Store...love the flock of sheep... is also a coupon for $.05...

Another Victorian trade card...
Be Careful Willie! Don't Fall!
For Acme Soap

A Very Best Wishes greeting postcard from 1907...

A metallic gold and blossoms postcard...

And a calling card with the scripture on it..
Freely ye have received, freely give.  Matt, 10:8

And going back to the Sticky Toffee Pudding, here it is just out of the pot with the 3 cup bundt pan I cooked it in.

For tose of you not familiar with this oh-so-British dessert, it is sweet from chopped dates and syrup. You thn make a toffee sauce to serve with it...or in this case, a toffee glaze with chopped pecans.

It is really dense and heavy...but so delicious! Traditinally also served with cream or custard, but we thought that would be gilding the lily!

This lasted but a few days... now what shall I make next!
Have a lovely week!


  1. How wonderful that you were able to use your IP to make this treasured recipe, Ruth. Your tea time is so pretty, too. I wish I could share a slice of that delicious sticky toffee pudding with you, and a cup of tea. I hope all is well with you and your hubby. Have a great week!

  2. Good morning Ruth! I love your Rosebud teacup and saucer. Such a dainty pattern. I love Sticky Date Pudding with toffee sauce! Mine isn't steamed but baked like a normal cake and it is such a favourite here especially at Christmas. I must make one soon as I didn't get one made this past Christmas. I had three pies and other sweets so no need for a pudding too. I did however use my dark fruitcake as a pudding and had brown sugar sauce over it which my youngest son was happy to have! Lovely post as always and have a wonderful week. Blessings...Sandi

  3. My first introduction to Sticky Toffee Pudding was at the Crooked House Tea Room in Windsor. When we last visited England I was eager to return to savor that specialty treat only to discover that the tea room closed. Looking at your photos reminds me of this yummy goodness.

  4. I first discovered Stick Toffee Pudding when we stayed at Dalvay-by-the-Sea on Prince Edward Island. My niece was able to find the recipe in Gourmet magazine. I like to make it when my quilt group comes to my house.

  5. Hummmmm!Mouthwatering!I would love one,two,t...slices!Gorgeous teapot and beautiful teacup!Stunning vintage cards.Hugs,dear Ruth.God bless you.

  6. Love the pretty Shelley teapot!

    I don't have an Instapot, but have heard about the amazing desserts that you can make in it. Your sticky toffee pudding looks great!

  7. Will you be publishing the Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe? I'd love to try that in my Instant Pot!

  8. Oh my! Your Shelley teapot is absolutely exquisite! What an art deco treasure. I have never seen one like that before.
    I've been intrigued with the Instant Pot. Not sure I need one since I have a crock pot. Your toffee pudding cake looks delicious and will pair so wonderfully with tea.

  9. Ruth, looks great! I've not yet adapted my sticky toffee pudding to the Instant Pot. Eventually. Just made a regional English historic dessert, Yorkshire Curd Tart. The Royal Doulton Rosebud is so pretty.

  10. Ruth, your cake looks deeee-vine! Like Sharon I would love to have your recipe and give it a try. I have several Shelley cups and saucers given to me by dearest friend who now is with the Lord and I cherish them along with such a blessed friendship of many years.


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